Friday, 9/10/2021 at 6 PM ~ Saturday, 9/11/2021 at 12 PM
The end of July already?
Yes, indeed it is. School opening is right around the corner. And so, too, is the annual old-man exercise in futility we’ve come to know as the Solar Bear Bike Ride.
You might recall that eight-10 of those people, grown men and women, have been riding to the beach from Winston-Salem every year for seven years now. The idea has been to raise awareness of – and funds for – Cancer Services of Winston-Salem.
The ride is as dumb as it sounds. Usually the knuckleheads found a way to leave either during the hottest part of the summer or during a hurricane. Yet somehow they found a way to get it done, have fun and raise more than $150,000 – thanks, of course, to you.
This year, like last, the Solar Bears have decided to keep it local by riding 18 hours straight on a rolling 3-mile course in Bermuda Run. They’ve found that it’s safer for them – and the general public – that way.
The start will be at 6 p.m. Friday Sept. 10 and the ride will end Saturday at noon. The rider (and the team) with the most miles wins a hearty handshake, bragging rights and a trophy featuring an ogre. Really.
And now that widespread vaccines are a thing, we can safely open the ride to anyone who’d care to turn a few pedals.
Ride a single 3-mile lap or 50. Ride solo or with a team. Ride some before the sun sets Friday and again Saturday morning. Or just Saturday morning. Whatever you’re feeling. And while there will be middle-aged men in lycra, this is most definitely a ride not a race.
When the ride concludes Saturday, there will be a celebration at the Bermuda Run Town Square. With professional musicians, a grill the size of a Cadillac and t-shirts for riders.
None of the Solar Bears will be involved with the music. You’ll thank us later.
Watch this site for a link to participate as a rider and a chance to donate.
Thank you in advance,